The year 2010 gave the city of Dakar the opportunity to host largest arts festival of Africa. The event was hold for thirty days starting from 7 May and ending on 7th June. Thirty eight artists took part in this arts competition from 16 countries. It is said that next event will give space to represent 87 other artists from 27 countries. It forced visitors as well as artists to take flights to Dakar this year. One thing very interesting about this event is that it takes place in even numbers years on a biennial schedule. A number of institutes as well as artists participate in this competition. It was started in the year 1992 and has now become the leading arts festival in the region.
Artists taken Dakar flights to participate in this show belonged to Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Congo, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is said that it was attended by almost 50,000 visitors that included both locals and flights to Dakar Although it included arts work from many artists but most popular ones out of them are; Jack Beng-Thi, Louis Cameron, Arjan Martins, Kori Newkirk, Senam Okudzeto, Keith Piper and William L Pope. These artists got appreciation from cheap Dakar flights takers from all over the globe. Participants of this event took part with the motive of rewriting the history.
The decision for the best arts work was made by an international jury which consists of a pool of five commissioners. The Benin International Arts Festival 2010 was hold under the theme „Retrospective and Perspective“. As it attracted 50,000 audiences from almost all countries of Africa it is estimated that next festival will also be greatly capturing cheap flights to Dakar and the number of attendees will increase to almost one million. The displays presented in this festival were both traditional styles such as paintings and sculptures and more modern expressions. It was a successful event and will result in the holding of a large number of other parallel events in Dakar. It will capture flights to Dakar from UK and other parts as well as from Africa.